We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

6 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
Published: 14:02 | 28/2/16

Ronaldo attempts to clarifiy criticism

30-year-old unhappy after defeat to Atletico

Cristiano Ronaldo has tried to backtrack on his criticism of Real Madrid team-mates.

The 30-year-old criticised a host of his team-mates after his side’s 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon.

Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Pepe all missed the defeat and, speaking after the game, Ronaldo said it was “not the same” playing with the players that replaced the first team regulars.

"I'm not saying the others like Lucas [Vazquez], Jese and [Mateo] Kovacic are not good players - they are very good players - but it's not the same.

"I don't want to disrespect anyone, but when the best players aren't available it's harder to win. I like to play with Karim, with Bale, with Marcelo.

"If we were all at my level, maybe we would be leaders. For all you [journalists] it seems I am s***, but I don't listen to what the press say. The statistics and numbers don't lie."

However, the Portuguese international has since backtracked on his comments and said he was talking about fitness rather than quality.

"When I said this I was referring to my level of fitness, not play,” Ronaldo told Marca.

"I am not better than any of my teammates."

The clarification from Ronaldo came too late for club captain Sergio Ramos who spoke out to defend the quality of the Real squad.

"We are proud of everyone that is part of the squad and the work of all the players that get fewer minutes on the field," he said.

"Players like Lucas Vazquez, Jese Rodriguez or Borja Mayoral are giving everything because they know how hard it is to get their chance here.

"But Cristiano is free to offer his opinion.”

PL round-up: Chelsea go 11 points clear

17:14 | 25/2/17

Cesc Fagregas netted on his 300th Premier League appearance, as Chelsea beat Swansea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge to extend their lead at the top of the table to elev...


Ayew earns Hammers point at Watford

20:30 | 25/2/17

Andre Ayew's 73rd minute strike earned 10-man West Ham a 1-1 draw against Watford at Vicarage Road.


Schmeichel: Players not consulted over Ranieri exit

19:18 | 25/2/17

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel says the players did not meet the board ahead of Claudio Ranieri's sacking.


Howe admits relegation worries

01:05 | 25/2/17

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits his side are in a relegation battle after a run of six games without a win.


Koeman wants Man Utd EFL Cup win

10:47 | 25/2/17

Ronald Koeman wants Manchester United to beat his former club Southampton in Sunday's EFL Cup final to improve Everton’s hopes of qualifying for Europe.


What’s in the eir Sport Pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action across 6 great sports channels, with 42 Premier League games, every Champions League game and every Europa League game, as well as UFC, Allianz Leagues GAA, Golf, F1 and much more.